Police: Livery driver beat man walking to synagogue in Brooklyn

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Police: Livery driver beat man walking to synagogue in Brooklyn

Another member of the Hasidic community tried to help – the attacker then chased after him.

An arrest was made quickly on the scene. Eyewitness News is told Farrukh Afzal from Staten Island drove for a car service in Brooklyn, and has been arrested numerous times.

Schwartz says Afzal yelled ‘Allah’ during the assault.

“I went to him when he was handcuffed, ‘what did I do to you that you tried to murder me? Tell me.’ He didn’t answer back,” added Schwartz.

Schwartz says he has no idea why the man attacked him, but says he thinks it was because he is Jewish.

Initially, detectives investigated the incident as possible road rage between the victim and the driver.

Police say hate crime charges may be filed.

The car service where he worked informed Eyewitness News that he has since been let go.

Source: ABC7

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